Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
“If your family does not find themselves in a great story, they will be captured by a lesser one.” Jeremy Pryor – Family Revision
What does a man do when he’s stuck at home with no sports to watch and there are little minions running around the living room where a cup of milk was just spilled? Why is it that, as fathers, we want to get through the day or weekend only to repeat the cycle? I believe God desires to build our families for generations to come (see Genesis 17). We live in a culture where we think we can accomplish more apart from each other, which is a lie that is widely accepted today.
At this time you might know more about building your company’s profit than your wife or kid’s hearts, but there is hope when we turn to the biblical model for building our families generationally. While we fathers might be at work pushing the mission of our organization forward, we can also push the mission of our family forward at the same time and with the same intentionality.
Let me encourage you to work with your bride to establish a mission statement for your family that you can hang in your house. If organizations have mission statements, shouldn’t the home also? In all reality, we should be looking to the home for ideas rather than businesses. It is God’s charge to do this, and without a clear direction for your family (Genesis 1:26-28), it could be detrimental to the home and the generations to follow.
As a father of four, having a mission statement has encouraged me to lead our family as well as strive to keep our family focused on what is most important. The world begs for our time, money, and energy, and unfortunately that won’t mean anything in eternity.
“Your greatest contribution to the world might be someone you raise, not something you do.” Andy Stanley
I understand trying to figure out where to start can be a daunting task. I would love to encourage you on this journey, so feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to grab a cup of coffee as we figure out this journey of fatherhood together.